What Dr. Joel Wallach has to say about the following issue: 

Note:  The typist did not know medical terms, so some words may be misspelled.  Our apologies.

Ulcerative colitis Varicose Veins: Vegetarian:

Taste loss:

Then in laboratory, Oh I should tell you too, we said this on the show today, those of you who may not have heard it, some of you didn't hear the whole show. The first symptoms of a zinc deficiency is that you lose your sense of smell and your taste. You say, "Ah, food just doesn't taste good anymore," and you don't have a cold or anything like that. And you say, your wife says, "Aren't you excited about dinner? I spent the whole day in the kitchen cooking dinner." He says, "Well, I didn't smell anything when I walked in". You know he's got a zinc deficiency.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)


A selenium deficiency also results in thyroid hormone utilization defect, with all the consequences it.

Selenium deficiency triggers hypothyroidism because four selenium atoms are essential parts of each of the deiodases enzymes. The deiodase enzymes activate thyroid hormone.

More specifically, the thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones: tetraiodothyronine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is less active than T3. To become active T4 has to be changed into T3 by the deiodase enzymes that--the name says it all--remove one atom of iodine from T4, a four iodine atoms molecule, making a T3, a three iodine atoms molecule out of it.

This enzymatic reaction do not occurs in the thyroid gland, it occurs mainly in the liver and to a lesser extend in almost all organs, brain included.

" The three isozymes catalyzing deiodination of thyroid hormones and iodothyronines derived thereof exert a major role in tissue- and development-specific expression of thyroid hormone action in target tissues by activating the prohormone T4 to thyromimetically active T3 or by inactivating the prohormone T4 or active T3 in non-target tissues at inappropriate time points. These three isozymes, in cooperation with the enzymes responsible for non-deiodinative degradation of iodothyronines, thus act as "guardians of the gate" to nuclear thyroid hormone receptors and other cellular target sites for thyroid hormone action. Strict and distinct hormonal, nutritional and nerval regulation of expression of the deiodinase isozymes warrants a closely coordinated control of thyroid hormone action, which directs growth, differentiation, and basal metabolic functions in the developing and the adult organism both in the periphery and in the central nervous system. The integrative action of this essential homeostatic and dynamic ancient hormone system in higher vertebrates is under the influence of two essential trace elements, iodine and selenium, which both are inadequately available for man and life stock in great parts of the world.."

(Kohrle J. Thyroid hormone deiodination in target tissues--a regulatory role for the trace element selenium? Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology, 1994, 102(2):63-89.)

In Newsletter9, we have seen that a selenium deficiency triggers hypothyroidism.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism by selenium deficiency do not differ from the symptoms of hypothyroidism caused by an insufficient thyroid hormone production by the thyroid gland.

Here Is Why

In both cases the cells that rely on thyroid hormone for the regulation of their activity, are deprived of sufficient thyroid hormone. Hence identical symptoms appear.

In case of hypothyroidism by thyroid gland insufficiency, the origin of the symptoms is obvious. There is lack of thyroid hormone in circulation. Blood tests will indicate it. Also the TSH test--a test that monitors the thyroid gland's ability to produce thyroid hormone--confirms that the thyroid gland is unable to deliver a sufficient quantity of thyroid hormone in the blood circulation.

In case of hypothyroidism by selenium deficiency, the symptoms are the same, only their origin is less obvious.

The blood tests indicate that thyroid hormone is present in the circulation in acceptable quantity.
There are two thyroid hormones in circulating blood : Tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 is about 15 times stronger than T4. As we have seen in Newsletter9 , Selenium is essential for the conversion of T4 in T3.
In case of hypothyroidism by selenium deficiency, subtle differences may occur in the thyroid hormone blood test results, like a relatively lower level of T3 and an unbalance in the T4 to T3 ratio. These subtleties are easily overlooked, because in the case of hypothyroidism by selenium deficiency, the TSH test indicates that the thyroid gland produces sufficient thyroid hormones to maintain the thyroid hormone blood levels between acceptable range.


For those interested in endocrinology, I like to demonstrate how the situation can become more complicated :

In case of hypothyroidism by selenium deficiency, the task of the thyroid gland to maintain thyroid hormone blood levels is greatly facilitated by the fact that the thyroid hormone in circulation is less utilized.
In such case, the TSH test will fail to detect a possible to small or inefficient thyroid gland.

Should the selenium deficiency recede and the thyroid hormone in circulation become utilized by the cells, the possible to small or inefficient thyroid gland may now become unable to maintain the thyroid hormone blood levels.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism will reappear, this time caused by a thyroid gland deficiency.



The elucidation of the origin of a hypothyroidism has always be a complicated task for physicians.

Before the discovery of the role of selenium in the metabolism of thyroid hormone, many cases of hypothyroidism went undocumented and untreated because of a discrepancy between the symptomatology of hypothyroidism and the blood test results whenever the condition is not directly related to an underfunction of the thyroid gland.
(Doc Ed - The Longevity Institute - Newsletter 9 and 9b))

TINNITUS (ringing or buzzing in the ear):

is characterized by a ringing or buzzing in the ear.  “Orthodox” doctors suggest that “surgery is of no value; if you can’t tolerate the ringing, play background music.”  In reality, there are a variety of causes of tinnitus including hypertension, lead, mercury toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, food allergies and/or hypoglycemia.  Do the necessary laboratory work to make a specific diagnosis including the pulse test, six-hour GTT and hair analysis.  Take the base line nutritional program.  Treatment of tinnitus should include the treatment of the underlying disease, avoid offending food allergens, autoimmune urine therapy, avoid sugar and all refined foods, zinc at 50 mg t.i.d., tin from plant derived colloidal minerals, essential fatty acids at 5 gm t.i.d., vitamin A at 300,000 IU per day as beta carotene, calcium and magnesium at 2,000 and 1,000 mg per day and betaine HCI and pancreatic enzymes at 75-200 mg t.i.d. 15 minutes before meals.

[Note:  t.i.d. = 3 times per day; b.i.d. = 2 times per day; q.i.d.= 4 times per day]

(Let’s Play Doctor)



Q:  Dr. Wallach, you talked about the effects of pollution in your studies.  How about the pollution that we’re getting?  Is this going to help us out any?

A:  We have problems with pollution as a human being, as our body will store toxic chemicals, both the organic chemicals like DDT and the minerals that are toxic, like lead and mercury, cadmium.  It stores in our fat and in our liver, which is the big filter in our body, kind of filters the blood, and for our body to get rid of these toxins, for our body to actually process them so they can get them out and not store them in our body, we require an enormous amount of vitamins and trace minerals to pull this off. 

We need antioxidants to protect us at the cellular level, which the granddaddy of course, is Selenium, the trace mineral Selenium, and then there’s Calcium and you have Zinc and you have Magnesium and you have Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, and you have the Pycnogenol and the grapeseed extract, and you have things like the green tea.  These will all help protect you from the specific toxins at the cellular level, and even Selenium alone will help you dump or get rid of toxic metals like mercury and excessive amounts of arsenic.  Calcium will be a great civic antidote for lead poisoning, and then you have all 90 essential nutrients which will help your liver process any stored organo-chemical, any of the DDTs or the TCB, agricultural chemicals and industrial waste that might get into your fat and your liver.  Your body will get rid of these if it’s healthier and it’s able to do all of the chemical processes that we need to do to get past all of these toxins in our body.
(A Healthier and Longer Life)  

Muscle Cramps/twitches:

Then there's cramps and twitches. You wake up in the middle of the night and your foot is all cramped up around your neck, you say, "Lord, take me from the knee down. I'm not going to make it until morning". We've all experienced that. It's very common.

The one that bothered me when I was a teenager, was twitches. My eyelids used to twitch. I'd look in the mirror and I'd say, "Do people see that? Or is that just my imagination?" Sure enough, I could see it actually twitching. So I showed my Mom and she got panicked, you know. This was during the early '50's, and she grabbed me by the shirt and took me down to this lady doctor, I'll never forget, her name was Mary Jane Skepington. And she had me sit down in my jockey underwear on those little stainless steel stool that you can wrench down and up, and sitting there in my jockey underwear for an hour, she'd look in my eye for 10 or 15 minutes. She couldn't figure it out, so she would go on to another patient and come back. I knew she was lost. Today that would be sexual harassment, sitting there naked for an hour in the doctor's office. But then I knew she was just lost. So I said, "Look, Doc, I'm a man (I was 14 years old), and I play football and I'm on the wrestling team and the weight-lifting team in my highschool. If you have to amputate my eyelids, just do it!" She got the picture. She went in her office, she had a Maybelline Mascara eyelash brush and a little mirror. I kind of looked at her and said, "What's that for?" And she said, "The only thing I can figure out is that your eyelashes have curled back and is tickling your eyeballs and that is what is making your eyelids twitch. So what I want you to do is to retrain your eyelashes with this Maybelline Mascara brush." I said "Wait a minute, Doc, you want me to sit on the bench, during the..., when the team...., you know, and you want me to do this? Oh the team will kill me! You've got to be kidding. So I put on my pants, and I leave, and I go to the school library, and I get out a health book, written by two nurses, and I look up muscle cramps and muscle twitches, and it says "calcium deficiency"! So I knew when I was 14 years old that doctors didn't know anything about nutrition. And it hasn't changed, believe me. Oh, I forgot to tell you how I fixed it. I went home and I grabbed some of those calf pellets, and after eating a handful a day for 3 days they were all gone and never came back. So if you see me with a handful of stuff bulging in my pocket, you know it's calf pellets.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)


How many of you have heard that? If you don't raise your hand you've got Alzheimer's or you're fibbing, right? Well we knew fifty years ago in the veterinary industry that ulcers in pigs were caused by a bacteria called helicobacterpilory and of course we couldn't get one of these high-prices stomach surgeons from Mayo Clinic, (in fact, we always used to yell, "Hold the Mayo" when they would say stuff like that), and otherwise your pork chops would be $275 a pound to pay for that kind of surgery. We learned that with a trace mineral called bismuth and the tetracycline antibiotic that we could prevent and cure those stomach ulcers in pigs without surgery. And so that's what we did. Costs $5 to cure a pig of stomach ulcers with bismuth, a trace mineral, and tetracycline. The National Institute of Health, not the National Enquirer, came out in February of this year, February, 1994, and said ulcers are caused by a bacteria called helicobacterpilory, not stress. And they can be cured, (they actually used the cure word in this news release), (medical researchers never do that, they say "shows promising results", or "may be beneficial", they use the cure word), they can be cured by the use of the trace mineral, bismuth, and tetracycline.

For those of you who don't know what bismuth comes in, you can get it from any grocery store, or drug store. It's pink, about $2.95 for an 8 oz. bottle, and it's called Pepto-Bismol. So a teaspoon of Pepto-Bismol and some Orymiacin pellets, you can take care of ulcers. You have your choice of whether you are going to treat your own for $5, or go get whittled on. It's your choice.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)

Chrohn's disease/Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Ulcerative colitis

Clinical trials of long-chain omega-3 fatty acid supplementation have demonstrated beneficial effects less consistently in patients with inflammatory bowel disease than in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Although two randomized controlled trials of fish oil supplementation in Crohn’s disease patients reported no benefit (105, 106), a significantly higher proportion of Crohn’s disease patients supplemented with 2.7 g/day of EPA + DHA remained in remission over a 12-month period than those given a placebo (107). Three randomized controlled trials of EPA + DHA supplementation (4.2-5.4 g/day for 3-12 months) in ulcerative colitis patients reported significant improvement in at least one outcome measure, including weight gain, decreased corticosteroid use, improved disease activity scores and improved histology scores (108-110). In contrast, supplementation of ulcerative colitis patients in remission with 5.1 g/day of EPA + DHA did not significantly alter the incidence of relapse over a 2-year period (111).
(The Linus Pauling Institute)

Chrohn's Disease (Regional enteritis): is a chronic infiltration or invasion of defensive WBCs and "macrophages" (special scavenger cells) into the terminal ileum (last portion of small intestine that joins with the colon).  Several theories are currently in vogue as to the cause of Crohn's Disease including infection with T.B. like organisms (similar to Johne's Disease in camels!!!); of interest here is the high incidence of Crohn's Disease in Minnesota compared with all other areas of the U.S.  A second and perhaps more realistic cause is a food allergy (i.e. wheat, milk), do a pulse test and practice rigorous avoidance program of any identified allergens --this will prevent acute (sudden) attacks and actually result in reversal of the Crohn's changes to normal.  Compare this with cortisone and surgery that the 'orthodox' medics would have you choose!!!!
Treatment of Crohn's Disease includes a high fiber diet (be sure to do a pulse test to be sure not to use the fiber you are allergic to!), folic acid at 5-10mg t.i.d., vit A at 300,000 IU/day as beta carotene, B-12 at 1,000 mcg/day (best by injection in this disease), vit. C to bowel tolerance if it can be tolerated.  Calcium and magnesium at 2,000 and 1,000 mg per day(don't forget the base line supplement program here), selenium at 300 mcg t.i.d., chromium at 75mcg t.i.d. and zinc at 50mg t.i.d.  Autoimmune urine therapy can be very useful.
(Let's Play Doctor - Dr. Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND, Ma Lan,MD, MS)

Chrohn's Disease:  Should you have intestinal malabsorption, the Longevity Institute recommends supplementing your diet with minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
(Doc Ed, The Longevity Institute)

Varicose Veins:

Then, there's the varicose veins. That's caused by an elastic fiber breakdown. Then, of course, parts of your body begin to sag, under your arms, your breasts, your belly, your legs, all this stuff starts sagging, and you can go to a cosmetic surgeon, a plastic surgeon if you want, but it is a lot cheaper, and a lot more effective, and a lot safer if you just take some copper.

Dr. Cartright may have had a medical degree, but he didn't have expensive urine, so he died of something that even a turkey wouldn't die from.

And here's one, this fellow, he was a doctor's doctor , Dr. Martin Carter. He almost made it. He died at age 57. He got his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and his PH.D. in medicine from Yale. Of course he was autopsied by the best because he was a doctor's doctor, and it said, "The cause of death was a ruptured aortic aneurysm", said Dr. Jewels Hurst, of Rockerfellow University Hospital. What did he die from? Copper deficiency. See, he didn't have expensive urine either.
(Dead Doctors Don't Lie)


This was a study that was done in 1947.  They took laboratory animals and they had one group that was a pure vegan, nothing but vegetable material, grains, and fruits and vegetables and nuts; the other had the same basic diet with all the supplements, but they just added some veal powder, some ground up veal, some ground up bone meal and so forth, and the rats that were vegans, or vegetarians, lived 555 days, and the rats that rats that ate the omnivore diet with meat as well as the vegetables and grains lived twice as long, 1020 days.  So that’s kind of interesting, but people say “Oh that’s just laboratory animals, and they’re not spiritually elevated” and all that kind of stuff, so let’s keep looking here.

There was a great study that was published in the Denver Post in May of 1996, just about a year ago, and this study was done by the State Social Services in Colorado, and they identified all the 415 centenarians in the state of Colorado living at that time.  These are people over the age of 100, the oldest was 111, 415 of them, and they sent a social worker out to each one of the, gave them a hot meal to get their blood sugar up, and then sat there eyeball to eyeball and asked them all these questions on 5 pages of questionnaire.  They were looking for things they could point to and say this is why these people live to be 100.  They found out that two thirds of these 415 centenarians were women, one third were men, so you fellows can live to be 100 if you do everything right.  They found out that every religion, every culture was represented in these 415 centenarians, so no group, no religion, no race, no culture had a monopoly on living to be 100.  The only one that was 100%, they were all heavy red meat eaters.  Everyone of them ate red meat twice a day, there was not a single vegetarian in the bunch. 

Now there had to be something wrong with this theory that being a vegetarian is healthful.  At any rate, number 1, 100% were all heavy red meat eaters, number 2, 85% still worked after the age of 100, and they did primarily paperwork for family businesses, and baby-sat and did the dishes, and gardened and things like that.  75% took a nip of whiskey everyday.  You don’t want to get them out of order, you want to do the red meat twice a day, and if you get around to it, a nip of whiskey might be okay.  There’s no proof that being a vegetarian has any health or longevity benefits.  It’s a theory and it’s not panning out.


Dr Joel Wallach had this disease renamed after him - Wallach's vertigo.
His theory is that calcium deficiency causes overgrowth of the bone matrix leading to pressure on a nerve coming through the skull.

He suggests 2000mg calcium with 1000mg magnesium daily in divided doses.

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